Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare

Sandy, sunny beach in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, situated on the rocky coast of the Italian Riviera, is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. Sunny hillsides dotted with pastel towns, lemon trees and vineyards are perfect for hiking.

The azure waters of the Ligurian sea are often within tantalizing sight.… Continue Reading →

Getting Around Amsterdam

Bikes and Windmills

Trains, trams, bikes & boats

We’ve just updated our Amsterdam section with a guide to getting around the city. Head on over and check it out!… Continue Reading →

Getting Around Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam in Fall Amsterdam has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. We tell you how to get from point A to point B via foot, ferry, train, tram and of course, bicycle. We also untangle the mysteries of Schipol's train ticket machines.

Belgian Beer

Drinking Belgian Beer

Drinking like a monk in Brussels

You can find Belgian beer all over the world, but for true fanatics and completists, a trip to Brussels is an efficient (and tipsy!) way to sample every beer Belgium has to offer.

Now, what makes a Belgian beer so special?  First, Belgium has a long historical tradition of producing high quality beers.… Continue Reading →

Photo Friday: Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis in Brussels

Brussels’ (unofficial) mascot is a statue of a small urinating boy.

This cheeky, devil-may-care child is a symbol of Belgian independence and brio. Although his origin story is a little murky, he’s been happily peeing in this corner for over 700 years. He owns hundreds of outfits, sent by adoring fans and foreign dignitaries alike, and on occasion he actually pisses beer.… Continue Reading →

Belgian Chocolate

Belgian Chocolate

Part Three: Chocolately Goodness

Belgian chocolate is world-renowned, and with good reason. Sweet, rich and creamy, it is made by hand from top-quality ingredients. Many of Brussels top chocolatiers can be found in the area surrounding the Grote Markt. It is probably a good idea to sample the fare at as many as you can before you decide on which store you are going to empty your bank account at.… Continue Reading →

Lunch on the Grote Markt

Part Two: Mussels in  Brussels

When you first get off of the train in Brussels, you may be tempted to dive right into what makes Belgium famous: its beer. However, with potency ranging in the 6% to 8% ABV for a dubbel and 8% to 10% ABV for a tripel, it is best to grab a meal first, or your memories of Brussels may remind you of your college days.… Continue Reading →

Let’s go to Brussels!

Part One: Getting There

London, Paris and Amsterdam: three capital cities that are amazing, gorgeous and have so much to offer. Now, you could grab a cheap flight from a budget carrier like Easyjet and fly there in under an hour, but unfortunately that does not take into account getting to and from the airports, queuing up for security and the waiting in the terminal and on the tarmac.… Continue Reading →

Malmaison Oxford

Inside Malmaison Oxford

From Castle to Prison to Hotel

Following the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day, 1066. The Norman aristocrats who fought for William expected a little something for the effort, and so William handed out land. This proved unpopular with the subjugated natives, so they did what oppressed people do: rebel.… Continue Reading →

The Standard

The Standard - Indian Restaurant

Indian Restaurant in Oxford

English cuisine has a lot of stereotypes assigned to it, but the one we can all agree on is that food, like pretty much everything else in England, is expensive. Vacation budgets should be used to eat food, not be eaten up by food, so in England, it becomes a bit of a challenge to find a place that provides delicious, quality food at a modest price, even when you are paying for them in pounds and pence.… Continue Reading →